…but He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you [My lovingkindness and My mercy are more than enough—always available—regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.” Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ [may completely enfold me and] may dwell in me. So I am well pleased with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, and with difficulties, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak [in human strength], then I am strong [truly able, truly powerful, truly drawing from God’s strength]. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
In our weakness, we don’t always recognize the power of God within us to overcome. We can see weakness as a failure, something to be discarded, and ashamed of. If we are weak, then we may feel unlovable, unwanted, and that no one will help us.
God seasons our weakness with His grace. He wants us to learn from Him, and rely on Him at all times. He cheers us on, helping us to fulfill the purposes to which He has called us. One of those primary purposes in life is to know Jesus Christ most thoroughly and completely, and this is possible as we grow in relationship with Him.
And this, so that I may know Him [experientially, becoming more thoroughly acquainted with Him, understanding the remarkable wonders of His Person more completely] and [in that same way experience] the power of His resurrection [which overflows and is active in believers], and [that I may share] the fellowship of His sufferings, by being continually conformed [inwardly into His likeness even] to His death [dying as He did]; so that I may attain to the resurrection [that will raise me] from the dead. (Philippians 3:10-11)
As we are being conformed to the image of Jesus Christ, we will experience suffering, but we will also experience the power of His resurrection. We will die to self, and live for Him, for we know that we no longer live, but He lives within us, and the same power that raised Christ from the dead will also raise us to newness of life.
So, we don’t need to apologize for our weakness, nor for seeking Jesus as our strength. For, we already recognize that we can’t live our lives apart from Him, but rather we remain completely dependant upon Him. This can actually help us to develop a proper attitude for knowing His grace is sufficient for us, and that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. (Philippians 4:13).
Thank you for seasoning us with your grace, and reminding us that your power is made perfect in our weakness. You are completing us in your love, for even when we feel undone, we can cling to you as our strength. We are connected to you by faith, and we remain in you by your grace and mercy. Thank you, Jesus! Amen.